Whitehorse Art Collection

The Whitehorse Artspace opened in 2007 and is home to the Whitehorse Art Collection, a collection which contains more than 1700 works. 

Displaying a diverse program of exhibitions each year, Artspace is part of the Box Hill Town Hall and regularly hosts artist floor talks and educational tours. 

The current collection includes:

  • 913 works on paper (including limited edition prints)
  • 173 paintings 
  • 503 contemporary ceramic works (includes the generous donation from Ceramics Victoria)
  • 105 sculptures, jewellery, glass, woodwork and textiles
  • 35 public art pieces

Contemporary works in the collection cover a wide range of media interests and philosophies and artworks by significant artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

This collection is available as a community, cultural or educational resource for anyone who lives or works in Whitehorse. 

Whitehorse Art Collection Works

Works from the collection are on display at the Artspace gallery, in the foyers of the Whitehorse Civic Centre, Council Chambers and the Whitehorse Centre.

In addition, works are on display in the committee rooms of the Council’s Civic Suite, in meeting rooms at the Box Hill Town Hall and, on occasion, at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre. 

Artwork Donations

The City of Whitehorse Art Collection has benefited from a number of generous artwork donations over the years, making it one of Melbourne's largest municipal art collections.

Some items have been donated from deceased estates, while others are from practising artists or generous benefactors. In recent years, several have been donated through the cultural gifts program.

The collection also benefited from 21 works from the estate of artist Ian Gardiner (1943–2008), an accomplished painter, printmaker and photographer. His work has been collected by eminent galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Nantenshi Gallery, Japan; and the National Gallery of Australia as well as regional Victorian galleries.

For further information about donating artworks or funds to the Whitehorse Art Collection, contact Council’s Senior Arts Officer via email artspace@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9262 6250. 

Art Collection Policy

The purpose of the Whitehorse Art Collection is to reflect, engage and inspire our diverse community. The City of Whitehorse has a duty to preserve and develop the Collection for the benefit of residents and visitors. For more information download the Collection Policy ( PDF 91.07KB).

Visual Arts Advisory Committee

The Whitehorse City Council Visual Arts Advisory Committee provides expert advice on access, conservation, maintenance, interpretation and development of the City of Whitehorse Art Collection. Find our more information on the Visual Arts Advisory Committee.

If you have further questions about the Whitehorse Art Collection contact the Senior Arts Officer via email artspace@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9262 6250.